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John Wayne, Maurice Chevalier and Anthony Quinn

John Wayne, Maurice Chevalier and Anthony Quinn

March 25, 1958: John Wayne, Maurice Chevalier and Anthony Quinn, from left, share a laugh with producer Jerry Wald, far right, at rehearsals for the Academy Awards at the Pantages Theater.

Quinn, nominated for best actor for the movie “Wild Is the Wind,” lost out to Alec Guiness for “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”

A story in the March 26, 1958, Los Angeles Times reported:

Hollywood’s annual Oscar fever seemed to be at an all-time high yesterday as the film colony awaited tonight’s presentation of the awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

At the Pantages Theater, where the glittering presentation will be staged – and watched by an estimated audience of 90,000,000 television viewers, the big stars mingled informally yesterday as they rehearsed their bits in the spectacular show….

Among those rehearsing yesterday morning were Clark Gable, who with Doris Day, will present the award for best screenplay; Maurice Chevalier, who will sing and present the Oscar for best song; Bette Davis, who will present honorary awards; Robert Ryan and Wendell Corey, who will give a masculine commentary when five costumes nominated for the Oscar in that category are modeled and then present the statuette to the winner’s designer; and John Wayne, who will present the award to the best actor.

This photo was published in the March 26, 1958, Los Angeles Times. It was also published in the Los Angeles Times’ 1999 book “High Exposure: Hollywood Lives: Found Photos from the Archives of the Los Angeles Times.”


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